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Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?

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In the post-Cold War era, why has democratization been slow to arrive in the Arab world? This book argues that to understand support for the authoritarian status quo in parts of this region--and the willingness of its citizens to compromise on core democratic principles--one must factor in how a strong U.S. presence and popular anti-Americanism weakens democratic voices. E ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 9th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amaney Jamal argues in this book that a major reason for the relative absence of democratic regimes in the Arab Middle East is the imperial presence of the United States in the region. The fear that Anti-American groups will come to power with democratization motivates pro-American groups to oppose it because the latter stand to lose from an anti-American shift in policies. These groups benefit directly for U.S. foreign aid and from economic globalization and hence they fear that these benefits ...more
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